By Chris Mackay, Crooked Trails Co-founder & Executive Director
By my estimation, trekking in Nepal is one of the most amazing things you can do in this life. There’s the mind-blowing scenery, the exercise which burns the thighs and pumps the heart, and the beautiful people you walk past or with each day. But perhaps most incredible is that, for the first time in a long time, your mind is free. There is nothing to do each day but walk and eat. Your biggest choices for the day are what to have for breakfast, or maybe lunch or dinner. The route is guided, or at least well-marked, so little thought even has to go into where you are going. The general trekking pattern is up for several days, and then down for several days on the way back.
My advice? Choose to unplug for the entire trek. Not long ago, WiFi was not available on trekking routes in Nepal, forcing everyone to be fully present every moment. Today, trekkers can post to Facebook and Instagram most of the way up to Everest Base Camp, and this is truly unfortunate. Unplugging and letting go of all distractions is the very best thing about trekking. For once in our hectic lives, there is this rare opportunity to say no to the phone and laptop and let it all go — all of it! Wake to trek. That is it. Every single day. And trek to become aware. Become aware of yourself, your surroundings, and the people you encounter. Become aware of how much our devices have crowded our minds and actions with tedious, meaningless likes and posts. Trek to let all of that go for a few short weeks, and feel the relief and calm surround your being.
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